RIBA Jencks Award

The RIBA Jencks Award was established with prize money awarded to Charles Jencks from the Nara Gold Medal, which he received in 1992.

Charles Jencks donated this prize money to the RIBA to set up an endowment fund, the interest from which was initially used for an exchange programme between British and Japanese architects. In 2003, the remit of the fund was changed to create an annual award with a remit that has remained untouched since then: to reward an individual (or practice) that has recently made a major contribution simultaneously to the theory and practice of architecture. In addition to prize money, the winner delivers a lecture at the RIBA.

Past winners of the RIBA Jencks Award

  • 2013:Benedetta Tagliabue
  • 2012: Rem Koolhaas
  • 2011: Eric Owen Moss
  • 2010: Stephen Holl
  • 2009: Charles Correa
  • 2008: Wolf Prix
  • 2007: Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, UN Studio
  • 2006: Zaha Hadid
  • 2005: Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi, Foreign Office Architects
  • 2004: Peter Eisenman 
  • 2003: Cecil Balmond

Selection process

The selection process starts in April or May of each year, when members of a judging panel (comprising Charles Jencks, the RIBA President, and others agreed by the Jencks family and the RIBA) are invited to submit up to three nominations. A meeting then takes place in May or June at the RIBA, where judges are requested to support their nominations and agree on a winner. 

For more information, please contact: 
John-Paul Nunes 
RIBA Education Department
66 Portland Place
London W1B 1AD
Tel: +44 (0)20 7307 3604
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7307 3754

Email: john-paul.nunes@riba.org

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